Many of you tell us that traveling to tech conferences is not going to happen. You can’t get the time out of the office. You can’t get the expense approved. Your boss thinks you’ll be rolling down the boulevard in a limo drunk five minutes after the plane lands. Whatever your reasons, you’re not going to make it to Interop, Cisco Live, or any other conference this year.
We’ve tried to put together the next best thing for you–the Packet Pushers Virtual Design Clinic. Think of the VDC as a conference held on the Internet with the content delivered in the Packet Pushers’ style.
Big Ideas Driving The Virtual Design Clinic
A focus on engineers. We want to talk in a technical way to hands-on practitioners who have problems to solve. That doesn’t mean IT managers and CTOs aren’t welcome (come on down!), but we’re focusing on people who make IT infrastructure function.
Problems and solutions. Many technical presentations we’ve endured are hand-wavy, feel-good slide decks that are okay, but don’t seem real-world. Nice ideas. Pretty slides. Good sales pitches. And yet, almost nothing we could take away.
We’re trying to avoid that. We’ve created a specific format that describes a technical problem. The presentation is a solution to that problem.
Hard questions. Most presentations are one person talking and everyone else shutting up. To mix it up, we’re going to curate questions live and interject them into the presentations. That means you type questions in, we pick the questions we think will benefit the most people, and relay them to the presenter in real-time.
Does the presenter seem to be painting rainbows of unreality while riding their unicorn through lollipop-land? You can be a chaos monkey that knocks them off of their unicorn with a hard question.
No travel. We’re using the GotoWebinar platform to host the event. That’s how you attend. Simple as that.
When Is It, And What’s On The Schedule?
The first VDC will be held on March 20, 2018. Check out this page to see the full schedule. There are 6 hours planned.
We know that not all of you will care about all sessions. Not all of you will be free that long to hear everything. That’s okay. Register. Attend as much of the day as you care to.
Questions & Comments
I’m in Australia, and the time you’re holding the VDC sucks. I hate you. Yep. We are considering doing a future VDC catering to you folks on that side of the world. Lots of lots of you that are vocal in the Packet Pushers community live there.
We are also in discussions with the Illuminati about revealing the truth about the flat earth. Then we could have a single world timezone which would make future scheduling super easy. So far, no luck.
I don’t sign up for webinar-style events because I get spammed later. Right. Gotcha. If and when you register for the VDC, you have to OPT-IN to get follow up e-mails from us, sponsors, or both. By default, you’re opted out of all post-event communications. We treat you like we want to be treated. Within reason.
We’re sure you’d like to be treated to free beer in addition to having your privacy respected. We hope you’ll settle for the privacy. Beer for all just <checks spreadsheet> isn’t in the budget.
I don’t want to ask questions. Can’t I just listen? Of course. A few hundred people have already signed up for the VDC, and if everyone asked questions…well. That wouldn’t work out, would it?
I can’t make it that day. Should I smash all the switches in the nearest wiring closet to see if the rage goes away? No. Violence is never the answer. I mean, sometimes violence is totally the answer, like when ISSU fails, which is EVERY SINGLE TIME. But in this case, violence is not needed.
Post event, all Packet Pushers members will have access to all of the VDC presentations. Not instantly…we’ll have to get them edited and stuff. But yeah, that’s going to happen.
Please register for the VDC and then attend on March 20, 2018. More people will make the event more interactive and interesting for everyone involved.